Mali: an endangered peace

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Series Details No.56, December 2015
Publication Date 18/12/2015
ISSN 2315-1129
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Issue Alert by Taynja Abdel-Baghy and José Luengo-Cabrera.

The 20 November 2015 attack at the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako, which killed 21 people, reaffirmed that the terrorist threat in Mali is not confined to the central and northern provinces. The timing and target of the attack are indicative of a revived campaign by jihadist terrorist groups to undermine the stabilisation efforts in the country – almost three years after the launch of the French military mission Operation Serval.

Amid stubbornly persistent insecurity, successfully implementing the peace agreement signed on 20 June 2015 in the Malian capital remains a tall order. The truce struck in Anéfis in October 2015 between the rebel coalitions signatory to the accord emanating from the Algiers process has, however, offered some respite after a series of territorial grabs and ceasefire violations.

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EU: EEAS: EU relations with Mali
Wikipedia: Northern Mali conflict
BBC News: Mali: Timeline
Wikipedia: Operation Serval

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